The West Shore RCMP are currently investigating a report of a Facebook marketplace sale gone wrong. On October 27th, 2019, the complainant notified the RCMP that they made arrangements online to meet up with the suspect in Colwood. The complainant had agreed to swap some personal items in exchange for a gaming system.
The complaint and suspect met each other and exchanged items. The complaint left and later realised the box they were given did not contain the gaming system so they went back to the suspect and asked for their personal items to be returned. That’s when the suspect brandished a long baton-shaped conducted energy weapon. The suspect is alleged to have displayed the weapon, turning it on and intimidating the complainant.
“The West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant on the suspect’s home,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer, West Shore RCMP. “The conducted energy weapon was located in the search and seized by police. The suspect was identified as a 23-year-old male who was arrested for being in possession of a weapon dangerous to the public as well as fraud.”
Police are reminding the public to exercise caution when meeting up with people online to buy/sell items. It’s a good idea to pick a public location as a meeting point, preferably during the daytime hours. If you can, take a friend with you so you are not alone. Thankfully the complainant was not injured in this crime.
Cst. Nancy Saggar
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B3A4